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AFIA encouraged by USTR’s EU negotiating goals

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to see the Donald Trump administration include agriculture in its trade negotiating objectives with the EU, but cautions against seeking these objectives in stages, rather than in a single negotiation.

Agriculture has been included in all US free trade agreements (FTAs), but agriculture often is wholly or partially excluded from EU FTAs. “The EU represents the 4th largest export market for animal feed with over US$ 444 million in exports in 2017, but US animal feed manufacturers continue to face a number of trade barriers, which prevent their products from actively competing in this important market,” said AFIA’s president and CEO Joel G. Newman.

Photo: Gage Skidmore
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Removing tariff barriers

He continues by addressing that AFIA urges the administration to move forward on an agreement that supports risk-based regulations and removes both tariff and non-tariff barriers, which are stripping US animal feed manufacturers of opportunities to compete fairly and openly in the EU market. “We strongly support the Trump administration’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ trading relationship with the EU, address barriers keeping US agricultural products from competing fairly in this important market, and urge that this work is done in a single undertaking. We look forward to working with USTR as the process moves forward,” Newman concluded.